In a small town in Cornwall, a fighter and a schoolteacher meet.
Dangerous. Bad News. Killer. This is what Phoenix sees when he looks in the mirror.
Shy. Timid. Afraid. This is what Eve sees in her own reflection.
But when Eve looks at Phoenix she sees a strong, handsome, sensual man. And when Phoenix looks at Eve he sees a beautiful, untouchable, heavenly creature. Together they will help each other to escape the labels they have lived with for so long.
Will the ghosts of their pasts return to hinder their happiness?
Or will true love lead to freedom?
Phoenix is a story of two lonely souls trying to find solace in one another’s hearts.
~ Worldwind Virtual BT
Points of View: First Person, Present Tense
by Raine Anthony
I once received an email from a reader praising one of my books and saying how she loved that it was written in the present tense. She told me that she had recently attended a romance convention where there had been a bestselling author giving a talk and stating that writing in the present tense is for amateurs and doesn’t require much skill. Obviously, since she enjoyed my work, this reader didn’t agree.
I thought to myself, well, it hardly takes that much more skill to say I went to the market as opposed to I go to the market.
Similarly, there is a big stigma around writing in the first person. Some readers seriously loathe it, and I guess if you’re a fan of classic books it makes sense, as most classics are written in the third person, past tense. A lot of readers don’t want to know every emotion that flits through the protagonist’s head, which is why many favour the third person.
When it comes down to it, though, I don’t think that there’s any particular style that’s better than others. I think it’s all a matter of taste. Personally, I like reading books from all sorts of points of view. Past or present tense, it doesn’t matter to me. Variety is the spice of life. However, when I write I have always felt more comfortable, more at home, in the first person.
I like to tell a story from inside the head of the most important character. I also like to tell a story as it’s happening. In my opinion, narrating a book in the present tense makes it more vital. This isn’t something that happened before. It isn’t over and done with. This is something that’s happening NOW. Come along and join me for the ride. Anything could come to pass.
Every writer has their comfort zone. When I sat down to write for the very first time, it wasn’t a conscious decision to write in the first person, present tense, it just came out that way. When I write in the third person, it doesn’t have that buzz I crave. I pick my main character for very specific reasons. There is something attractive about being inside their mind and that’s what makes it addictive to write about their life.
There is no one perfect, more professional way to tell a story. Every book has its angle and every tale needs to be told from the point of view that suits it best – and the only person who can decide this is the writer.
About the Author & Links:
Raine Anthony is the pen name of a British-born freelance writer. She is in her late twenties and has a number of successfully published novels under her belt. She likes pictures of birds. She is an avid reader with a love of laughter, a hatred of high heels and an indifference to a lot of things in between. Her romance novel, Phoenix, was written many years ago and almost forgotten. This year she decided give it life again by publishing it. She hopes that readers will enjoy the tale.
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